As the year draws to a close, it’s the perfect opportunity to stop and reflect on the trials and tribulations of 2022. Through all the hardships, yet again, the power of community and collaboration rises to the challenge.

The entire team at South Eastern Community Connect (SECC) have worked tirelessly to advocate for those who need assistance or a voice.

We provide much-needed programs supporting our community’s health, wellbeing and happiness.

This year has seen our Community Hub in Mascot host an array of vital programs. It’s heart-warming to see The People’s Pantry continue to support those facing food insecurity and provide advocacy relating to the struggles that come with being unable to provide food for yourself and your loved ones.

Our Dementia Day Centre in Darling Point continues to provide respite care and recreational activities to those whose family members are struggling with the impacts of dementia. There are many moments in this program that touch our heart and move our soul, and our team of staff and volunteers are committed to lightening the load and sparking joy amidst the struggles of living with a dementia diagnosis.

Our Seniors Services are more connected than ever, with the increase of social outings, lunches, and excursions. As a registered provider of Home Care Packages, we continue to give vital care to those who wish to stay in their home longer. SECC offers them dignity and support. We help people to feel comfortable, secure and connected.

A highlight of this year would be seeing our seniors’ groups attend Vivid, and lunch outings in Wollongong.

To our volunteers who are committed to serving their community: Thank you for showing up, making us smile, and lending a hand. Because, after all, many hands make light work.

Our SMOOSH (Safe Multicultural Out Of Hours School care) program is celebrating another successful year operating out of four schools in the Canterbury-Bankstown and Campbelltown areas, providing quality care both before and after school, and during the school holidays, to support families.

This year has seen the launch of SECC’s inaugural Colour Splash and our Community Van, featuring the breathtaking original artwork by proud Wiradjuri Yinaa Peta-Joy Williams. Perhaps you’ve already spotted it on the road delivering services to our community.

2022 saw SECC being awarded the accolade of Community Campaign of the Year at the Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards. We were so proud to be the recipients of the award, and it’s a success we share with the entire team.

A heartfelt thank you to everybody who has attended our playgroups, parenting programs, first aid courses, had a cuppa at the Hub, accessed care, or visited a JP at one of our centres. Your connection matters. When you support us, we can support others. People before paperwork. Community first.

Thankfully, unlike festive seasons past, this year we can gather once again around the familiar tables of home. On behalf of myself, and the entire team at SECC, we wish you and your families a merry and bright December, however you celebrate the season.

Chief Executive Officer, South Eastern Community Connect

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